[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Martinez, June 3. 1896
My dear Johnson.
I telegraphed you Monday that I would be with you about June 20 to receive the Harvard baptism you have prepared for me. Heavens, what an honor for a tramp & how it surprises & escites me. You must have done an appalling lot of work to bring this about_
Now more than ever I must sing "my love for Harvard. From the very beginning of my studies it was Harvard men who first hailed & cheered me? Emerson Agasaiz Gray. & now Sargent Eliot & R. U. J. Century even in California the Harvard alumni were the first to honor me. Yes strange to say I would escape this formal honor if I could without hurting my friends & my influence for good. But it seems I can't & so Ill be with you & gladly do what I can to manifest appreciation of this honor ( have had the Grippe & several coughs & colds that require icy exurcions rather than exciting ceremonies, therefore I'm run down & nervous. However I'll face the fine music & look to you to see me through.
1896 Jun 3
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Robert Underwood] Johnson, 1896 Jun 3 ." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 42.
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